Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Marc A. King was born in the Bronx, New York, and lived in Sunnyside, Queens, NY, with his brother Eric; mother, Helen; and father, Harry, until the age of 9, when the family moved to Florida for business opportunities. The late 1950’s and early 1960’s was a dynamic and life altering time to be growing up in the South. The Civil Rights movement was underway and was very visible, offering life lessons on race relations to those who were aware of what was taking place. The Cuban Missile Crisis was a real and present danger to those who lived only a short 90 miles from the shores of Cuba. In 1962, a young high school student’s trips to the beach were interrupted by anti-aircraft missile installations, where beach blankets were normally placed. Living in North Miami Beach, Marc attended North Miami Senior High School. Growing up in South Florida allowed him to develop a love for the water, fishing and getting a tan as well as his first job at J.C. Penny’s, when he was only 14. It was a great place to grow up!
After high school graduation in 1964, Marc attended Miami-Dade Junior College, graduating with an Associate Arts Degree, before moving on to the University of Miami. The year was 1966, the war in Viet Nam was expanding and young men from all over the country were being drafted into the military. As an Advanced ROTC, full-time student at University of Miami, Marc was exempted from the draft. But, that was not what Marc wanted. Having decided on a career in the United States Army, he made the bold decision to leave school and enlist in the Army. Not as an officer, as planned; but, as a Private soldier. So, in the fall of 1966, it was Basic at Ft. Benning, Georgia and Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. Upon completing Advanced Training, Marc was reassigned to Ft. Knox, KY, the Army’s Home of Armor and Armored Cavalry, for Officer Candidate School. One of the most memorable and proudest days of Marc’s father’s life, was the day his father, a man who served in World War II as a Sergeant in the Infantry, pinned those shiny 2d Lieutenant bars on Marc’s new officer’s uniform.
Officer assignments took Marc from Monterey, CA, to the DMZ in Korea, combat in Viet Nam and two Cold War assignments in NATO and Europe. Marc was asked to complete his college education by the US Army and he did so in the summer of 1973, graduating with a degree in History from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. It was there that his first child, Lesli, was born. He then went to the Fulda Gap in Germany and back to Ft. Knox to be one of the hand-picked team to work on the development of the M1 Main Battle Tank. It was during that assignment that two significant things occurred. The first was the birth of his second daughter, Traci, and Marc’s graduation from Western Kentucky University with a Master’s Degree in Public Service.
Another promotion, this time to Major, was followed by another move, this time to the Great Northwest, Ft Lewis, WA, where Marc assisted in training National Guard and Reserve Forces. Selection for the Staff College brought Marc to the Virginia Tidewater area for the Joint Armed Forces Staff College followed by an assignment in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army, The Pentagon. Another promotion and it was back to Europe again; this time, as the Deputy Commander of the 3d Brigade, 1st Armored Division. With roots now in Virginia, Marc returned to the Pentagon to serve in the Office of the Secretary of the Army as a member of the Army’s Congressional Liaison Team.
Marc retired from active duty in 1988 and moved to the private sector to continue his career as a business executive, expand his business opportunities and education, and travel extensively. This was a world class education … working with and learning from international business partners in such places as Korea, Taiwan, India, Africa and the Middle East; generating value for American companies; and moving up the “corporate ladder,” as a self-made executive. Marc was able to reach the pinnacle of his corporate career when he was appointed a corporate officer of Ceradyne, Inc., a publicly held corporation that did business with the Pentagon. As the President of Ceradyne Armor Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ceradyne, Inc., Marc was directly responsible for providing the United States military, fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, with the most advanced body armor designs available at the time. This was one of the most rewarding undertakings of his post military career. The product is credited with saving the lives of thousands of United States soldiers and marines. With the acquisition of Ceradyne in 2012, Marc decided to open his own Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business consulting for industry companies seeking to do business with the Department of Defense.
Marc’s military awards include the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Army Legion of Merit w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Meritorious Service Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars, Vietnam Service Medal with “60” Device, National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal with 2 Stars, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
Marc is a graduate of both the US Army’s Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS and the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
Marc is a “Life Member” of the Viet Nam Veterans Association, the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Association, the National Defense Industrial Association, and Association of the United States Army.
Marc now makes his home in Germantown, Maryland; a home he shares with his wife of 25 years,
Mary George, a former Senior Executive and Presidential Rank Award recipient.